New study considers how cold chain operators can implement effective changes in their workforce and systems to realise further efficiencies
A new guide from the Cold Chain Federation focuses on the steps specialists can take to deal with increasingly strict legal targets facing how they design and manage cooling systems.
The ‘Energy Efficiency in Cold Stories: A Practical Guide’ guide has been published to give a comprehensive study into both the technical and behavioural changes cold chain specialists will need to take to address legal and economic pressure to eliminate carbon emissions and energy use.
Commitments have already been made by the cold chain sector to both match and go beyond existing climate Change Agreements (CCAs), according to the guide. However, the Cold Chain Federation has warned that even more stringent energy efficiency demands for how sector are inevitable as markets such as the UK look to become net zero economies by 2050.
An example of the current pressure already being put on the cold chain was the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) that applies to larger businesses that are defined as having a combination of more than 250 employees, turnover of £36m or certain profit levels.
The guide said, “The intention of SECR is to push businesses into action through transparent reporting of performance against their industry peers. An implication of SECR that may be overlooked is that customers, suppliers and investors will also be able see this information, as it will be contained within publicly available accounts at Companies House.”
“It is therefore a reasonable expectation that environmentally conscious customers and suppliers may use this information to decide who to do business with.”
The new guide has several core focuses about how to address the issue of energy efficiency. These include providing industry with an understanding of existing and future changes to energy policy in key markets.
Other focus areas look at existing energy usage within the cold chain, as well as how organisations can build a business case for investing in new energy approaches.
The guide also looks at practical measures that can be used to curb energy usage, and how to challenge existing workforce behaviours to try and support more energy efficient operation.